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#84319 Southwest/Chisholm Trail Parkway

Posted by JBB on 28 May 2014 - 06:20 PM

Every development along this tollway puts more cheap land on the market and pulls more money for development out of the urban core.  Edwards Ranch, Clear Fork, and the old Lockheed property are probably going to be nice developments.  But I would have much rather seen the billion dollars spent on this tollway go toward strengthening downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods and making the urban core more desirable to corporations and office and residential developers.  But I guess that's a hard sell for someone who wants to cut their drive time from Crowley or Joshua by 5 minutes.

#84315 Southwest/Chisholm Trail Parkway

Posted by JBB on 28 May 2014 - 02:14 PM

Prior to the start of CTP construction, what was the last major freeway expansion inside the loop? 35/30 interchange, if I'm not mistaken was complete more than 10 years prior. Assuming everything is status quo for 10 years after I-35 is complete, that seems like a good time to change the cycle and start working on transit projects beyond freeway expansion. You have to start somewhere. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

#84306 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by JBB on 28 May 2014 - 10:03 AM

And I'm not trying to sound like FW isn't doing anything right. There are a lot of good things happening here to be excited about. But as rename said, smart urban growth is never going to happen at a quicker pace unless the city stops trying to grow out. It's fun to point out how the city is going broke because of the pension system or crazy spending by the police department, but providing city services out into the hinterlands when that growth doesn't match up in terms of income value is probably just as detrimental.

#84303 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by JBB on 28 May 2014 - 09:23 AM

Yeah, I've never undertood why some around here fall all over themselves to pat FW on the back for climbing up the population ranks when it's been accomplished through annexing and sprawling halfway to Oklahoma. "Yay, we're 13th! Let's celebrate by running to Denton across tract home roof tops!"

#84301 Southwest/Chisholm Trail Parkway

Posted by JBB on 28 May 2014 - 09:09 AM

Let's assume that the Chisolm Trail, in a couple of years, is taking some traffic off I-35 and creating its own traffic as well.

Everybody that thinks that CTP is going to do a thing to relieve rush hour traffic on I-35 should stand on their head until that happens.

#84234 West Bend, Formerly River Plaza

Posted by JBB on 23 May 2014 - 03:02 PM

I've always liked Smashburger, but their prices are a little out of whack for what they serve and they sharply increased them after a year or so of being open. Not to mention the fact that FW has no shortage of burger joints.

#84206 Lancaster Avenue Apartments/Retail/Garage

Posted by JBB on 22 May 2014 - 01:59 PM

Unless the new buildings are going to literally be yelling across the street to the old buildings, "Hey, bro, looking nice!", then the correct usage is "complement" with an "e". Not sure how a seasoned reporter like Sandra Baker and her editors missed that.

I take complement to mean "not clash" rather than be a mirror image. Along the lines of the look of the rendering or the new Sundance buildings. The look of the Cantey-Hanger building would be the opposite of complementary in my opinion.

The fact that the T&P Warehouse was built more than 80 years ago, has largely been vacant for more than 30, and has held up as nicely as it has is a testament to its greatness and the fact that it is exceptionally well-built. The shear cost of demolition would greatly hurt the ability to redevelop the land. Go find a Wal Mart that's sat vacant for a year and see if it looks 1/10 as good as the T&P Warehouse.

#84187 New Hotel Proposed for Stock Yards Area

Posted by JBB on 22 May 2014 - 08:34 AM

That sounds more like something finally being done with the old Swift-Armor property than just a hotel on that one block. Unless the hotel is part of a larger project on the west side of Main.

#84123 Lancaster Avenue Apartments/Retail/Garage

Posted by JBB on 19 May 2014 - 12:52 PM

I think the Mercado project showed that the city has plenty of history with half baked private-public partnerships.

#84056 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by JBB on 15 May 2014 - 08:32 AM

Yeah, I've been watching that thread. You guys are arguing with a troll that's only posting in that thread to garner a reaction and get attention. I wouldn't be bragging about that.

#83979 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by JBB on 12 May 2014 - 12:45 PM

Good for Joel.  I'm not sure why anyone would have used their app in the first place.  Stacked up against the plethora of weather apps available, The Weather Channel's is easily the least accurate and the least reliable.

#83952 "5-4-1" Light Rail Plan: REVISION

Posted by JBB on 10 May 2014 - 04:49 PM

Dude, that is great! Lots of fun ideas for sure. Just a few thoughts I have on first glance:

North - I say forgo the subway option because it will be crazy expensive. Also, instead of terminating at 26th, which is still really close to Exchange, why not take it 2 more blocks north to 28th? Lots of development at that corner and it puts it closer to the neighborhood between 28th and Meacham Field.

West - Instead of seperate stops for Farrington and WRMC, consolidate that into one stop on the west side of University and add a stop near Camp Bowie and Montgomery to service UNTHSC.

SW - I like the idea of this one, but it is probably a pipe dream. That's cutting through some pretty high end residential areas and there's probably not a lot of right-of-way to be had for an exclusive line. And crossing over the UP yard probably puts the cost of this one through the stratosphere. I don't remember what it cost the NTTA, but it was far from cheap.

Can't wait to see some maps. This is awesome.

#83935 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by JBB on 09 May 2014 - 11:33 AM

If you think that article was an investigative report as you described, I'm not sure you actually read it.

#83906 Project at Hulen and Vickery?

Posted by JBB on 08 May 2014 - 11:33 AM

It's definitely oddly placed, but they're doing a good job of using a lot that never really looked great for development. Traffic and trains? You'll get used to it after a month, if not sooner.

#83872 Trinity Park at Mayfest time...my beef!

Posted by JBB on 07 May 2014 - 12:55 PM

I don't think anyone is saying the perimeter shouldn't go to the river. Take the fence to the river and only block the trail itself with fencing for the week of the festival. Like they do for July 4. It's a reasonable accomodation for a city that pats itself on the back as being bike friendly pretty regularly.